Roman State Conflict With Christians and Jews

Lastly, the question of religious distinctiveness is fundamental to the conflict of the state and burgeoning religion. Many argue that one group was persecuted while the other was not and this is a considerable complexity in appreciating the conflict and persecution of the period.

Although most historians agree that the Roman Empire was generally tolerant towards new religions, it did come into conflict with different religious groups on occasion, such as the cult of Bacchus, which found it's Roman origins in 186BC (Livy 39.8-18). According to Livy, a Greek had brought Dionysiac rites to Etruria, which then spread to Rome. As a result, those who illustrated any involvement in the cult were punished and places of worship were destroyed to ensure the message was clear. Any person claiming an adherence to the religion was ordered to consult with the praetor urbanus and, according to Nock "and a decision given by him with the approval of a quorum of the Senate.aE Nock directly relates the Bacchus persecutions to those experienced by Christianity and says that the Christians were considered to be "almost a second peopleaE, evocative of the response of the St


 
 
 
 
 
 



3108
12
 
 


 
Join Now
     
  Get instant access to over
85,000 Term papers and
Essays.
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
Saved Papers
 

Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!


 
 
 
Testimonials
 
 
"I got the best grade I've ever gotten A+"
Mary P.
 
"This information was helpful and easy to find."
Kris DD.
 
"This site is so helpful! You have opened my eyes to learning thank you!"
Karen F.
 
"I liked the information that you gave to me because it helped me do a analytical essay for this short story and i give it a 10/10 =) "
Dave M.
 
"it really helps me get different point of views on some essay subjects."
Steve D.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Home | Custom Essays | Join | FAQs | Support | Acceptable Use Policy
 
All papers are for research and reference purposes only!
Copyright © 2002-2014 RAD Essays.com. All Rights Reserved. DMCA HMS